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Program looks at Civilian Corps

September 14, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program on the Civilian Conservation Corps at 6 p.m. Monday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The program is free and open to the public.

Jamerson will tell stories about the corps and sing original songs, accompanying himself on guitar. He will perform "Franklin D," "Chowtime," "City Slicker" and "Tree-Plantin', Fire-Fightin' Blues." Jamerson will hold a question-and-answer period and book-signing immediately following.

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He has performed at corps reunions around the country and at corps-built national and state parks. Jamerson's book, "Big Shoulders," is historical fiction about a 17-year-old from Detroit who joins a work camp run by Army Reserve officers. He also has produced a PBS film, "Camp Forgotten."

Any former corps members are invited to attend, and those attending are welcome to bring photographs or artifacts.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression. During its nine-year run, beginning in 1933, more than 55,000 men worked in West Virginia camps. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. In West Virginia, corps members planted trees, built shelters, roads and trails, strung electric and telephone lines, fought forest fires and built state parks.

For information, call the library at (304) 797-8510 or visit Jamerson's website at

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